Special Report

This is the County in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy after COVID-19 wreaked havoc for well over a year. So far, the virus has claimed 594,496 American lives — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area, which covers parts of Virginia and North Carolina, a total of 2,105 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 122 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.

Though deaths attributable to the virus are less common across the metro area than they are nationwide, this is not the case in some parts of the city.

The broader Virginia Beach metro area comprises 16 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Suffolk, an independent city, has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Suffolk stands at 214 for every 100,000 people.

Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metro area, Suffolk ranks among the middle 50% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 fatality by death rate per capita.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 14, 2021.

These are all the counties in Virginia where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank Geography Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths Confirmed cases per 100,000 people Total confirmed cases
1 Suffolk City, VA 214.2 191 8,967 7,995
2 Portsmouth City, VA 210.9 201 9,609 9,158
3 Isle of Wight County, VA 192.5 70 8,718 3,171
4 Poquoson City, VA 141.2 17 7,442 896
5 Mathews County, VA 136.4 12 6,810 599
6 Hampton City, VA 132.8 180 7,882 10,687
7 Gloucester County, VA 131.9 49 6,084 2,261
8 Newport News City, VA 130.5 235 7,917 14,262
9 Chesapeake City, VA 127.4 303 8,899 21,163
10 Gates County, NC 112.4 13 6,469 748
11 Norfolk City, VA 108.7 267 7,312 17,957
12 James City County, VA 97.1 72 6,280 4,657
13 Virginia Beach City, VA 91.3 411 8,059 36,277
14 Williamsburg City, VA 87.9 13 5,214 771
15 York County, VA 81.4 55 5,606 3,789
16 Currituck County, NC 62.0 16 6,102 1,574